BJ Harris On WFLZ: 'I'm To Blame'
Former PD/AM Co-Host Comes Clean On MJ's Show
October 22, 2009 at 8:51 AM (PT)
ALL ACCESS clued you in YESTERDAY (NET NEWS 10/21) to the on-air reunion scheduled TODAY at CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WFLZ/TAMPA between former morning co-host BJ HARRIS and current host TODD "MJ" SCHNITT -- and THE ST. PETE TIMES reports HARRIS said this morning that a cocaine addiction led him to leave the show and the station.
"I had to leave TAMPA or I was going to die," HARRIS told SCHNITT this morning. "There's no one to blame but me ... I'm the one who hurt people, embarrassed people," said HARRIS. "I put people's careers at risk in this room; that's where I had taken it. (SCHNITT) had nothing to do with me leaving. It all stops right here with me."
HARRIS returned to TAMPA for a "POWER PIG" reunion, and got together with his former morning partner to clear the air.
Writes THE TIMES, HARRIS "also countered allegations made by rival shock jock BUBBA 'THE LOVE SPONGE' CLEM, who has accused SCHNITT of undermining HARRIS with CLEAR CHANNEL management and taking advantage of his cocaine addiction to edge him out of the show. SCHNITT has sued CLEM, alleging his rival has made defamatory statements about him on air and encouraged fans to badger him."
HARRIS explained he was under the influence during his last day at the station, with THE TIMES report having HARRIS recall "how a minor argument blew up into a major fight with SCHNITT which led him to quit the show. Even after he moved to CINCINNATI for a job at another CLEAR CHANNEL station, HARRIS continued to struggle with his addiction and was eventually fired by the company."
"I apologize from the bottom of my heart," HARRIS said as the show wrapped up. "I'm to blame."